Manchester Arndale, P.PNW
The lettings total 8,133 sq ft. Credit: Place North West

Trio of tenants sign at Manchester Arndale

Dan Whelan

Sky is to open its largest bricks and mortar store to date, Kurt Geiger is making a return to the shopping centre, and Carvela has signed for its second Manchester store.

All three retailers have signed 10-year leases and the lettings total 8,133 sq ft. 

Having opened its first high street store at Liverpool One last October, Sky is to take over a 3,500 sq ft unit fronting Market Street, believed to be the former Clarks store. 

Matthew Price, retail director at Sky UK, said: “Manchester Arndale is an iconic retail hub and we’re pleased to be able to offer a safe environment in which people can shop for the latest innovative technology from Sky.” 

Until the Liverpool store opened, Sky had only operated kiosks on shopping centre concourses. 

The high-end fashion label Kurt Geiger has taken a 2,200 sq ft unit on New Cannon Street within the Arndale. KG previously had a store at the shopping centre that closed in 2017 but has now opted to return, taking over the former G-Star Raw unit.

Finally, Carvela, the sister brand of Kurt Geiger, will occupy a 2,500 sq ft unit, also on New Cannon Street.

“We want to ensure Manchester Arndale remains an exciting and progressive place for all of our customers to visit,” said Colin Flinn, non-executive director and spokesperson for Manchester Arndale. 

“Introducing popular high-end retail brands such as Kurt Geiger and Carvela will help to strengthen its position as one of the ‘go-to’ shopping destinations in the North West. In addition, the Sky shop introduces an interactive experience to our customers.” 

Metis Real Estate is the Arndale’s retained letting agent.

Urban Playground, a competitive socialising venture featuring mini golf, is due to open within the former Burton and Dorothy Perkins units soon.

Similar ventures Roxy Ballroom and Electric Box have both opened within the last 12 months.

Tommy Hilfiger also plans to open a store at the Arndale later this month.

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